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There will be a 2013 end-of-year random drawing from angler's participating in any of the Volunteer Angler Surveys. We encourage anglers to continue to report snakehead catches through the Inland Freshwater survey in addition to their Angler's Log submission. The information helps our biologists better understand the various species and water systems they utilize.

Maryland Fishing Challenge Logo showing striped bassA new component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge includes invasive species reports submitted to the Angler's Log. Beginning during the 2013/2014 tournament, Angler's Log entries which include Blue Catfish, Northern Snakehead or Flathead Catfish, at any length in size, will be eligible for up to two prizes via a random drawing at the annual Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale. Fish must be kept and a photo showing the kept fish is mandatory. Multiple entries are allowed, but each fish can only be entered once. Remember, all invasive species must be dead to be entered and there is no catch and release category. Visit the Maryland fishing Challenge web site to read the complete set of rules.

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  1. Ted Magno, Recreational Angler
  2. Charlotte Hall, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 14, 2012 | Permalink

Myrtle Grove Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Myrtle Grove

I went to Myrtle Grove and caught these 3 trout. The 2 goldens were caught back to back, 5 mins apart from each other.

Tags: golden trout, rainbow trout


  1. Devin Angleberger, Youth Angler
  2. Frederick
  3. Total Reports: 36
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Posted on November 13, 2012 | Permalink

Trout Fishing at Owens Creek

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Owens Creek

I hit Owens Creek a couple weeks after the stocking, 550 is still closed but you can still take the detour through Cunningham and reach some of the nicer pools. I met a couple of live bait guys who said not to even try the deep hole. I go to the hole armed with joe’s flies ... nothing. Switched to a Trout Magnet white color... nothing then I tried the salmon color and that turned them on. I caught 2 rainbows and 3 browns including a 9 inch and an 11 inch. I had about a 15 - 16 inch rainbow on but it came off because he didn’t bite it well enough. I saw that someone else must’ve had him and broke his line because he had a flashy spinner in his mouth. Those browns fight hard. Owens is just about done in terms of catching them easily. I’ll go there with a fly rod in a week or two with some mayflys probably.

Tags: rainbow trout, brown trout


  1. Devin Angleberger, Youth Angler
  2. Frederick
  3. Total Reports: 36
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Posted on November 7, 2012 | Permalink

A Little Spring Creek in Washington County

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Stream in Washington County

Washington County can be defined as the limestone center of Maryland just because of the karst area, and with that most streams in the area can certainly be defined as limestone spring creeks (if it's a spring creek to begin with) or at least a spring creek with a limestone influence. This little stream is no different. No more than three feet wide in any location, this little stream is not special in size, but it is big in beauty, and the wild trout that call it home are just an added bonus.

This spring creek starts on a little farm, where the watercress is plentiful and so are the cows. As the stream meanders, it runs through many farms, backyards, under a major highway, and gains more and more cold spring water with each passing farm from small feeders or springs. The stream runs for a couple miles before flowing into a larger water system. This stream, throughout all its reaches, is all private property, and you must ask permission to fish it. After meeting some friends of a friend and gaining access to the stream, I climbed an electric fence (that was live, but I didn't know that at the time, so always be cautious) and immediately noticed the big 2"+ grasshoppers that hopped every step I took. This section of the stream is definitely not the best part to fish as far as size and numbers. The first thing I noticed was that there were no fences. The livestock had access to walk into the stream whenever they pleased, in fact a couple cows came by while I was casting to the little runs and riffles. To keep it short, no fish were landed whatsoever, but I am sure they are here on this property, ready to be caught. I fished a couple attractor dry fly patterns including a size 14 march brown and other mayfly imitations, as well as some hopper patterns.

Tags: trout


  1. Ted Daly, Recreational Angler
  2. Annapolis, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 1, 2012 | Permalink

Finally Caught a Red Drum

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Romancoke Pier

After hearing all season about the catches of red drum, I was determined to catch one of my own. I had also been wanting to check out Romancoke Pier on Kent Island, and I will now add it to the long list of my favorite fishing spots. On the final day before Hurricane Sandy struck, I decided to head down there for one last day on the Bay before switching over to trout fishing for the rest of the year. After catching a few small rockfish (and losing a couple of larger ones), including a double hookup on a topwater Spook (pictured), I was chucking a small swim shad on my ultralight rig (2-lb. test), when suddenly the reel began to sing the sweetest song I had heard all season! Figuring that I had hooked into a larger rockfish, I let him run a few times, then lugged him on in. It was the drum I had been seeking all summer: 16 ˝ inches of brute-force beauty. After a couple of quick pics, I turned him loose, and asked – as I always do – that he “go and tell his daddy that I’m here.” For their size, they put up a great fight, and I can’t wait to catch another. And for the record, his daddy never showed up…

Depending on what Sandy has done to the migratory fish, I may have to postpone the changeover to freshwater fishing for a bit…

Tags: red drum, striped bass


  1. Larry Jarboe, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on October 31, 2012 | Permalink

A Case of the Blues

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Good thing I got my fishing fix last week because this week is a washout. Hopefully, everyone here has survived the wrath of Sandy.

Last week, I fished the Potomac River twice and also joined Mike Henderson (Mr. Buzz's Marina) and Dan Campbell on the Chesapeake Bay chasing birds and jigging at the edge of those feeding schools.

The lesson we learned on the Bay is to stay with the technique that is producing. Chasing trout after we put a few blues in the cooler was not productive. Better for us to have stayed with the birds and put more bluefish in the cooler.

On the Potomac, my homemade spider rig worked really well with fresh cut alewives to take lots of blue cats out of the eco-system. A 35 pounder is my best so far but I have ordered a much bigger landing net. Now, I'm catching 80% blue catfish and releasing most of the channel cats. Those channels are looking a little scrawney. I think the big blue kitts are crowding out their cousins.

Between the blue cats and Chesapeake snapper (snakeheads) there is enough good eating for me to target these invasive predators for a long long time. I can't wait for the weather to clear. In the meantime, Mike smoked some bluefish that I have been snacking on during the storm. Grilled blue cat for dinner this evening. Having the blues is not as bad as one might think.

Tags: blue catfish


  1. Christopher Mc Loughlin, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 31, 2012 | Permalink

Myrtle Grove Pond Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Myrtle Grove Pond

I fished Myrtle Grove Pond today and caught a nice rainbow trout, some crappies, and this fish on a fly rod. Could you please identify this fish?

DNR Response: Hello Chris, you caught an adult golden shiner. Sounds like a nice cross section of fish.

Tags: rainbow trout, crappie, golden shiner


  1. Alan Klotz, Fisheries Biologist
  2. Total Reports: 60
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Posted on October 26, 2012 | Permalink

Spawning Brook Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Savage River Watershed

Mr. Sull McCartney of the Youghiogheny Chapter of Trout Unlimited sent me a few remarkable photos of spawning brook trout. October is the month when the native brook trout seeks out the cold clear water with sediment-free gravel where the female builds a nest (called a redd). The male brook trout is at his finest coloration during the spawn – bright orange sides and fins highlighted by black and white margins. During the spawning process, the female brook trout brushes the eggs into the spaces between the gravel with her fins. The eggs incubate and hatch within this clean gravel substrate, and the fry will emerge from the gravel in early spring after they absorb their yolk sack. Sull took these photos in the Savage River Watershed, and we can see how clean the water and substrate are in this small stream – the conditions needed for brook trout to thrive.

Tags: brook trout


  1. Daniel Stewart, Recreational Angler
  2. White Hall, MD
  3. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 24, 2012 | Permalink

Speckled Trout and More Near Cedar Island

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Eastern
Location: Cedar Island

My dad and I caught four nice keeper speckled trout this weekend near Cedar Island using Bass Assassin lead jigs. Some small croakers, bluefish, and puppy drum also attacked our lures before the weather turned bad and the tide changed.

Tags: speckled trout, croaker, bluefish, red drum


  1. Bill Cunningham, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on October 24, 2012 | Permalink

Friends Creek Trout

Type: Freshwater
Region: North Central
Location: Friends Creek

I fished Friends Creek in Frederick County over the weekend. Water was fairly low and very clear, making the fish pretty wary. I manged to catch a couple of fish. One was a young trout that appeared to still have parr markings. It was about 4-5 inches long. I thought it was a brookie at first, but I am pretty sure it wasn't on account of the markings. I am wondering whether or not this was a stocked trout or could it be a stream-bred rainbow. I've caught stream bred fish in Western Maryland and in Pennsylvania over the years. The trout was very feisty for its size, and I didn't notice any hatchery wear on the fins, but I didn't look that closely because I wanted to release him quickly. I have fished Friends for many years, but this was a first. Were juvenile trout stocked in Friends Creek this fall?

DNR Response: Friends Creek was stocked on October 2nd with 450 rainbow, brown and golden trout. For the latest information on trout stockings check the Trout Stocking web page.

Tags: rainbow trout


  1. John Dillion, Recreational Angler
  2. Eldersburg
  3. Total Reports: 12
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Posted on October 24, 2012 | Permalink

Little Patuxent Rainbows

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Little Patuxent River

I caught my 2-limit acrobatic rainbow trout....delicious...thx for stocking DNR! Both leaped left then right before I netted them.

Tags: rainbow trout

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